Who has been your greatest influence and motivator in your success in the field of sports?
I found God through sports and my passion in sports has really brought me closer to God. If I were to say a person, that person would be my angel Daundre Barnaby, who was an Olympic 400m sprinter who drowned while we were at a training camp in St. Kitts. He would always finish stronger in his races and that became my motto for life #FinishLikeBarnaby. I was at the beach when he passed, and on that day I promised to him, myself and God that I would accomplish everything I could on the track that he didn’t get the opportunity to. We were really close, he called me his adopted little sister because I would annoy him purposely all the time as sisters would.
Share about one how your Olympic dream began after winning OFSAA (Ontario high school) gold in 100m and 200m in her first year running track in 2010?
OFSAA was really the moment where I grew confidence in myself because it was my first year in track and field ever and despite not having the experience like the other athletes, I just believed in myself and gave it my all. I knew at that moment that it didn’t matter if I had been there before, but as long as I had the heart and determination that I could do anything that I put my mind to. And the dream for the Olympics bloomed after that experience.
Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and upcoming athletes who all are your fans? 5 tips to work upon improving their skills.
1) Hydrate A LOT: drink electrolytes to replenish the sweat from working out and also throughout the day. Drink water, and stay away from juice.
2) Never skip or forget about the little things: taking your vitamins, stretching, rolling, sleeping, eating healthy and doing core.
3) Set goals and write it down – it’s always helpful when you remind yourself of your goals and so you have something to chase for. This is helpful on those days that you feel less-motivated.
4) Journal – track your workouts and how you are emotionally feeling. It’s important for tracking purposes and to have it written down so you could look back at it.
5) It’s okay, to have bad days. Accept them, and learn from them. They build strength, character and your drive and determination.